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Picture: Marcell RÉV
Látszatélet / Imitation of Life by Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Látszatélet / Imitation of Life by Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Látszatélet / Imitation of Life by Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Picture: Marcell RÉV
Látszatélet / Imitation of Life by Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre
Picture: Marcell RÉV
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Kornél Mundruczó / Proton Theatre

Látszatélet / Imitation of Life

A Roma boy looks different than his family. He is born with a different skin colour than his brothers and sisters. The disavowal of his origins overshadows his entire childhood. In the anonymity of the city he begins a new life, trying his luck. From this point, the story might have turned into a prime example of social establishment. “Látszatélet”, however, describes how the new life gradually gets choked by self-hatred. The protagonist comes to a tragic decision. Kornél Mundruczó and Proton Theatre developed this new piece against the backdrop of an actual case on file with the Budapest police: in May 2015 a Roma boy was attacked in a bus with a sword. There was a great uproar in the media, and there were demonstrations against racism. As it turned out, the attacker was a member of a right-wing group, and was also Roma. The director’s productions daringly take an unflinching look at the reality in Hungary, and at the same time are a powerful protest by an artist who refuses to accept it. After “Shame” (2012) and “Dementia, or the Day of My Great Happiness” (2014) Mundruczó is now coming back to HAU. “It is a magnificent evening, where Mundruczó’s signature, marked by violence and volume, shows itself for the first time to be subtler. But without losing any of the power.” (Margarete Affenzeller, der Standard, May 22, 2016)
Hungarian with German and English surtitles
approx. 95 minutes
With
Lili Monori, Roland Rába, Annamária Láng, Zsombor Jéger,Dáriusz Kozma
Director
Kornél Mundruczó
Set
Márton Ágh
Costume Design
Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán
Lighting Design
András Éltető
Written by
Kata Wéber
Dramaturgy
Soma Boronkay
Music
Asher Goldschmidt
Production
Dóra Büki
Production manager
Zsófia Csató
Production assistant
Ágota Kiss
Technical director
András Éltető
Light technician
Zoltán Rigó
Sound technician
Zsigmond Farkas Szilágyi
Stage Manager
Benedikt Schröter
Props
Tamás Fekete
Dresser
Melinda Domán
Production: Proton Theatre (Budapest). Co-produktion: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Wiener Festwochen, Theater Oberhausen, La rose des vents – Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq (Maillon), Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène européenne, Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza (Budapest), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Wiesbaden Biennale.